In addition to eating well, getting plenty of rest and staying hydrated, exercise is essential for a healthy pregnancy. Regular exercise can help keep you keep fit and get your body ready for hours of labor, and help you bounce back post –pregnancy.
During the last trimester, exercise may become too difficult and too uncomfortable. Starting from the second trimester, avoid exercises that require you to lie flat on your back. Avoid participating in sports where your belly could be hit with a ball or other objects or sports where you could fall- such as skiing or horseback riding.
Your doctor may recommend that you cannot exercise during pregnancy if you have a health problem or some complication. Women diagnosed with pregnancy-induced hypertension, placenta previa or cervical abnormalities may need to stop exercising as soon as the diagnosis is made or if their doctors advise against exercising.
Whatever activity you are doing and whatever stage of pregnancy you are at, stop at once if:
- You are having trouble catching your breath
- You feel dizzy
- You have chest pain
- Your heart is beating in an irregular manner
- You are feeling tightenings in your stomach
- Your water is leaking
- You have any bleeding from the vagina
- You feel pain around the stomach or pelvis area
- You are exhausted
- You have severe headache
- Your muscles feel weak
- You have pain or swelling in the lower part of your leg
- Your baby is not moving as much as usual.
Even if you do not have any of these symptoms,
- if you feel unwell,
- uncomfortable or just not right
- you are worried
stop exercising and talk to your doctor immediately.